It’s official. My skin is freaking out, and I have no idea why. I have a sneaky suspicion it’s due to the amount of stress in my life at the moment. I haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup for the past 2 weeks and I also haven’t been testing out a lot of new skin care products (only the 2 Kiehl’s products but I’ve been using them for the past 3+ weeks and didn’t have any issues in the past), so it can’t be anything that I am doing externally. I’ve also not been eating very healthy the last 2 weeks or so, because of all the stress I’ve been going through. I’m an emotional eater, what can I say…
My skin has been breaking out quite a bit lately, but the blemishes are not the ones you can easily get rid of… Oh no, these are the bad ones that just sit under the skin…waiting…for absolutely nothing it seems. They don’t come to the surface, they just linger. And they’re painful. It’s the stuff nightmares are made of!
Now that we have that nasty description out of the way (and I apologise if I put you off your lunch), here is my superhero product for fighting the war against bad skin. I have used the LUSH Mask Of Magnaminty in the past, and I have never been disappointed. I find it to be the type of face mask you can apply all over your face, or just to spot treat those pesky little blemishes.
LUSH Mask Of Magnaminty is a creamy textured mask, as it contains ground aduki beans and evening primrose seeds to exfoliate surface skin cells. I love the scent of this mask – it has that earthy, sweet pepperminty scent that is both invigorating and refreshing. The mask also contains peppermint oil, honey, Kaolin clay and bentonite gel which will help to pull the dirt from your pores.
I apply a nice thick layer of this mask to a freshly washed face, and usually leave it on for about 15 minutes or until the mask has dried and hardened completely. For the first couple of minutes after I have applied the mask to my face, there is a slight tingling sensation and it feels super cool (in terms of temperature) on the skin. I have also left it on for half an hour (it won’t do any harm to your skin but it also won’t do your skin any more good than if you had left it on for the directed amount of time, which is up to 10 minutes). If you leave it on until it has hardened (which is what I do), you will notice your face becomes very, very tight. I kind of enjoy doing this because I literally can’t move my face – yes, I am 31 going on 5. I then add small amounts of water to start softening the mask, while gently massaging in circular motions. This gives the mask a thin, milky consistency perfect for exfoliation before I rinse the mask off completely.
As a mask that is applied once a week / once every 2 weeks, it polishes the skin and leaves it looking fresh and glowy. But as a spot treatment it really does a great job of targeting blemishes! As mentioned before, the mask contains honey and Kaolin clay, these 2 ingredients are perfect for troublesome skin. The honey is anti-microbial and detoxifying, which means it absorbs impurities in the skin, unclogs pores, whilst soothing and moisturising the skin. Kaolin clay fights the battle against inflammation and works to clear up acne too. When my skin is really going through a bad patch, I spot treat the problematic areas every other day and apply a full face of this mask once to twice a week. My skin is left looking glowy, feeling softer and smoother, with the added benefit of my pores looking smaller. My blemishes heal faster and I find it also helps to lighten post-acne marks.
I’m actually in the midst of a ‘Mask Of Magnaminty Battle’ with my skin, and after 1 full-face application 3 days ago and spot treatments every night, I can already see a difference.
I don’t think this mask is suitable for super dry or sensitive skin, because it tingles quite a bit in the beginning and contains clay (which we all know can be a bit drying). I find the small tub to be the perfect size if you plan on only using this mask on your face (as it does have an expiry date). Mask Of Magnaminty can also be used for back acne and that is probably the only reason why one would purchase the bigger size tub, in my honest opinion. I use this mask once every 2 weeks if my skin is behaving, and once to twice a week (with spot treatments) if my skin is having ‘a moment’.
Mask Of Magnaminty retails for R 115,00 (125g) or R 215,00 (315g) and is available in-store, as well as online in the LUSH South Africa online store. It is out of stock most of the time online, as I’m guessing pretty much everyone loves this little guy as much as I do, but if you go take a look in-store (Cavendish Square, V&A Waterfront and Gateway), you will most likely find him ready and waiting to help you fight the battle against bad skin.
P.S. When you feel a little bit congested or have a blocked nose, stick your nose in the tub (not in the mask though) to clear up that airway!